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A mystery writer's latest whodunit isn't fiction-but rather a true crime from her own past. And if memory serves Poirot, murder-like history-repeats itself...

"Vintage Christie."-New York Times

"Christie is at her most endearingly English...cozier than ever...in a lethal way, of course."-Library Journal

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A mystery writer's latest whodunit isn't fiction-but rather a true crime from her own past. And if memory serves Poirot, murder-like history-repeats itself...

"Vintage Christie."-New York Times

"Christie is at her most endearingly English...cozier than ever...in a lethal way, of course."-Library Journal

Poirot agrees to help a friend investigate the 12-year-old case of Lord and Lady Ravenscroft, whose deaths were ruled a double suicide. All Poirot has to go on are the dim memories of an old woman, a doctor, and a teacher. This may turn out to be a mystery that even the great sleuth cannot unravel. Reissue.

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Did General Ravenscroft kill Lady Ravenscroft or was she the one holding the gun? Many years later their daughter would like to know, so her godmother, Ariadne Oliver, asks Hercule Poirot to investigate. Working in tandem, Mrs. Oliver and Poirot identify and interview an ever-increasing list of witnesses (the elephants of the title). Poirot painstakingly reconstructs long-vanished relationships, and his deductions eventually lead him to one final witness. Even the great Christie recycled concepts from time to time; this mystery is one of several "remembered death" titles, characterized by long, descriptive conversations that can be tedious. In this case the contrast between Poirot's severe, analytical style and that of the charming but erratic Mrs. Oliver adds life to what would otherwise be a rather dull tale. John Moffatt delivers the competent if unexciting reading one expects from this producer. Christie at her worst (which this is not) is still better than most mystery writers. Recommended for all mid- to large-sized libraries.--I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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"Splendid....She tells us all we want to know and nothing that is irrelevant."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816160860
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 6/28/1973
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in one hundred foreign countries. She is the author of eighty novels and short-story collections, nineteen plays, and six novels under the name Mary Westmacott. She died in 1976.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    Dive Into the Past...

    I thought this was a good book, if not a bit confusing. New characters are introduced, which I like. I recommend that other people read this mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    Nice For Poirot Fans

    I read this book a few months ago, during this last fall. I found it to be a nice book, though I don't think it quite measures up to some of Agatha's other Poirot mysteries. I felt that it was slightly more predictable, and had a less shocking conclusion than other Poirot novels that I have read. Even so, it centers around an interesting mystery and contains entertaining charactors that carried my attention through the less eventful sections, which occured a bit too often. But in those uneventful parts were hidden little bits of information that made sense when Poirot put everything together at the end. Ariadne Oliver was a fitting adition to the list of Poirot's friends who 'help' him in his investigations. She was humerous and entertaining to read about. I always thoroughly enjoy the bits of humor and hilarity that Agatha expertly tosses in to her books. The subject matter of this book was intriguing, what had happened between these people and how had it come about. It is a cold case that you will remember long after reading the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Poirot mysteries, especially those who are ready to see his little gray cells tackle a different kind of case, one that is full of family secrets, obscure clues, distant memories and tragedy. If someone has not read any Poirot however, I would suggest reading another one in the series first. Then reading this one would be fine. Though not as exciting and gripping as 'The ABC Murders' or 'Death On The Nile', this mystery is still a nice book for those who enjoy Poirot mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2004

    A ripping good mystery

    This is another well written mystery by the queen of mysteries. I hadn't read any of her works in some years, but coming back to read this one reminded me why she is the gold standard against which all others in the field are measured. Lovely book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    Suicide or Murder?

    Sir Ravenscroft and his wife one day go out for a walk but do not return.They are found by the sea cliffs shot the revolver lying between them. Both of their prints are on the weapon and the police call it a murder suicide. Mrs. Oliver asks Poirot to help her find the truth conscering her godchild's parents deaths.The only thing they have to work with are the fuzzy memories of the people who were at the house at the time of the murder.Can they find out what really occured?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    Fascinating title but a dull book

    The book is really worth reading because i am sure every reader would be attracted to a murder in the past. That is the only exciting thing about the book. It lacks thrill and is also too slow. I remember reading it in 1988 when i was 20 yrs. old. Though it is not as vague as 'Poster Of Fate'the book is not as good as the title which tempts you to read it till the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    Twists And Turns

    I gave this book four stars because it had a really good story but there were a lot of twists and turns which made the story line a bit confusing. If you don't understand some parts you should just keeps reading because eventually it will all come together and make sense. If you like mysteries with unsuspected endings 'Elephants Can Remember' by Agatha Christie is the book for you.

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